With the start of another school year rapidly approaching, support for the Hannibal public school district’s reorganized Booster Club continues to grow.

With the start of another school year rapidly approaching, support for the Hannibal public school district’s reorganized Booster Club continues to grow. Clint Graham, activities director at HHS, reports that a 27th sponsor signed on earlier this week.

“The (Booster Club’s) executive committee has worked extremely hard and has done all the leg work to secure these sponsors,” said Graham, adding that efforts continue to “get as many businesses on board as we can.”

It was announced earlier this year that the Booster Club would have a new mission moving forward. No longer would the organization support only the athletic department, but also the Academic Team, band, choir, HHS musical, National Honor Society, Pirate Relay for Life, Pirate TV, River City Revue, Student Council, and all other school groups and clubs.

To raise the revenue necessary to support so many groups, the Pirate Pride Corporate Sponsorship Program (PPCSP) has been offering advertising exposure to target customers at the high school's athletic events and competitions throughout the school year.

Those participating at the $3,000 Pirate Club Sponsorship Level receive a laundry list of items, including signs at Porter Stadium, Korf Gym and the Veteran's Sports Complex.

According to Graham, all the 4-foot by 8-foot signs were in place at Porter Stadium for the recent “Meet the Pirates” event.

“We’ll get No. 27 up as quickly as possible,” he said.

The process of fulfilling other promotional promises is still ongoing.

“We’re now just tying up loose ends,” said Graham.

While one individual has signed on at the Pirate Club Sponsorship Level, the majority are local businesses and corporations.

“There’s a wide variety,” said Graham, adding that anyone desiring information about the PPCSP should contact the activities office at the high school (221-3180).

The opportunity for individuals to join will be provided at various varsity events, beginning tonight (Friday) at the annual football Jamboree at Porter Stadium. Booster Club memberships will be available for $12, which includes a Pirate T-shirt.

The reworking of the Booster Club has not meant the end of fund-raisers such as Band Day, the vocal music program’s annual rummage sale or the sale of football cards.

At last check, the Booster Club had generated close to $70,000, according to Graham, who remains optimistic that this year’s revenue total will top out around $100,000 once dollars from an assortment of other fund-raisers and individual memberships are added to the pot. It’s a far cry from the approximately $30,000 the organization typically generated in any given year.

“We’re proud of all the hard work it’s taken to get this accomplished. It’s been successful for us,” said Graham. “One big selling point is that the money is no longer going to just athletics, but also to the band, choir, clubs and organizations. We want to make sure all kids can benefit from this money. We don’t want kids to be held back (from participating in extracurricular activities) because of financial reasons.”

Funds generated by the Booster Club go into a special account. Requests for money are heard by a five-member executive committee. Graham noted the school district does not have access to that fund.